In a matchup of two volleyball teams desperate for a win, Sweetwater emerged with a three-game sweep over Midland Greenwood on Friday at Mustang Gym.
But it was hardly a rout, as the Lady Mustangs need-ed every point to produce a 25-23, 25-23, 25-23 victory and improve to 1-2 in Dis-trict 4-3A, while Greenwood fell to 0-3.
Sweetwater had the upper hand most of the night, but had trouble finishing off the Rangerettes.
The Lady Mustangs (10-17 overall) gave up two straight points before closing out victories after leading 24-21 in both Game 1 and 2, and they had to rally from a 22-21 deficit in Game 3.
Sweetwater scored four of the last five points, getting the win when a Greenwood player served into the net on match point.
“I think we were a little uptight. There was so much on the line for both teams,” Sweetwater coach Liz Mil-ler said afterward.
“We were a little nervous and out of sync. We may have wanted it too much,” Miller added. “It was an ugly win, but it was a win.”
In a district with three state-ranked teams — No. 9 Wylie, No. 13 Monahans and No. 16 Big Spring — it seems logical to conclude that the fourth playoff spot will be a three-way battle between Sweetwater, Sny-der (1-2) and Greenwood.
Sweetwater goes to Sny-der this Friday, three days after a trip to Big Spring (2-1) on Tuesday.
The Lady Mustangs and Rangerettes traded leads eight times in the final game before Sweetwater won.
Also, the game had 14 ties, with the last time being at 22-22 before Sweetwater went ahead to stay with a block at the net and an ace by Morgan Gomez. The Rangerettes fought off one match point before the Lady Mustangs won on Green-wood’s serving error. The teams meet again Oct. 18 in Greenwood, which will be just 11 days before the end of the regular season, and the Lady Mustangs’ next-to-last road match.
“Going to Greenwood will be tough,” Miller said.
There were many standouts individually in Friday’s match for Sweetwater.
Ziggy Collins had a game-high six kills for the Lady Mustangs, plus one block and one dig. Mikeilah Foust had five kills, one block and one dig. Kensi Chowning had four kills and one assist. Kayla Chowning, Maddie Berry and Shaneese Brown all had three kills. Brown also had two digs and one block; Chowning also had one block, 12 digs and one ace; and Berry also had two digs. Maddie Jones had two kills, 11 assists, three aces and three digs and the other setter, Aly Heredia, had two aces, 10 assists and six digs. Gomez had a team-high 15 digs and one ace; Mikki Reschman had three aces plus three digs; and Alexis Williams had two aces along with three digs.
Sweetwater also got its first sub-varsity district win Friday with a combined freshman and JV team, as its swept past Greenwood 25-11, 25-7.
Sweetwater finished with 21 service aces from five dif-ferent players to improve to 20-6 overall and 1-2 in dis-trict matches.
Individual standouts in-cluded Kaitlyn Foster with three kills and six assists; Katie Fox with three kills and eight aces; Abby Garcia with two kills and four aces; Alyssa Soles with two kills and one ace; Sarah Valdez with one kill, three assists and six aces; Davina Walker with two aces and one kill; and Rhylee Meneses with two digs.
Sweetwater combined its freshman and JV teams due to the fact that Greenwood has one only one sub-varsity volleyball team.